All living things have normal and strange behaviors. Every species has a way of responding to any kind of stimuli.
When something is wrong, there are obvious and unnoticeable symptoms. It is true for plants, humans and animals. Dogs can have many quaint gestures or behaviors and not all are alarming. One behavior that is alarming is head pressing.
Head pressing is an act of pushing the head against a solid surface. It could be a wall, post, the ground or any item that provides a solid fixed surface. If you notice your dog head pressing for a prolonged period of time and repeating the act at many places, you should immediately consult a vet.
Head pressing when there is no apparent reason is the symptom of a serious medical condition. A dog playfully pressing its head against you or a toy, gesturing something or just having fun, trying to brush its head against something or any such ordinary behavior doesn’t raise alarms. Head pressing for no reason and repeatedly calls for immediate medical intervention.
There are many causes of head pressing. Dogs as well as cats suffering from prosencephalon disease will have this behavior. Prosencephalon disease is a condition wherein the thalamus and forebrain are damaged. Tumors in the skull or brain, liver shunt, toxic poisoning such as lead poisoning, hyponatremia or hypernatremia or metabolic disorders that lead to too much sodium or too little plasma of the blood can cause head pressing.
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